craigslist says NO ANIMAL SALES, small reasonable adoption fee is okay. What TO YOU is a reasonable adoption fee from a private individual? Obviously shelters can and do charge more because they need to stay in business to continue helping animals, but what to you is the line between selling your pet? and an adoption fee to ensure a good home? Last week a guy emailed me wanting $800 "adoption fee" but would come down to $500. (for an adult dog) Yesterday a woman wanted a $350 "adoption fee" for a 1 1/2 year old dog.
Ahhh....craigslist. A good arguement spot. Some rescues charge a lot for small breed dogs. I have seen up to $800 for young maltese and yorkies. It may be sad to say, but only on craigslist do purebred animals NOT have MONETARTY value.
All the family would have to do is NOT post on CL , put a $30 ad on Terrific pets here, or $50 ad in the paper and they can sell their dog for $500+ to a perfectly good home probably as good as Craigslist.
As much as the folks on Craigs list would LOVE to force people to 'give away' an animal of VALUE that they need to re-home, good luck. I have never had a problem rehoming well trained adult purebreds for what ever money I asked for them.
If you don't like the adoption fees or if you think they are too high, move on. If EVERY ONE OTHER THAN YOU, thinks it's too high then they won't adopt it, but if some one is willing to pay it, then it is between the family and the adoptor.
Craigslist does NOT have SET ADOOPTION FEES, it is just people pushing their own 'ideas' on others.
Wow, sounds more like breeders sneaking their dogs on there. No reason to pay $800 for a rescue, even a maltese. Maltese hobby breeders sell their pups for that!
I have never believed in rescues going for over $100 except in severe medical bill cases.
As I had posted in previous threads....we do rescue as well, occasional and low volume, but.......A litter of Pug/Min Pin mix pups were turned over to us at 7 weeks. We kept them until 10 weeks to get the vet exams, worming, vaccinations, a good food for them, make sure they were eating well, and healthy. Since we did not have them long, we adopted them out at $50 each. (we lost money on that) Other rescues on average as purebreds, once they have been vetted, vaccinated, wormed, clear of any health issues, adequate weight gain, etc. Averages $100, sometimes higher depending on the individual case. We have also had them come in with epilepsy, etc. Vetted until they were under control and held out for someone who would take a special needs dog....and at times FREE to the right person who would continue the meds as ordered, vet checks, etc.
The maltese/yorkies I was referring to were on petfinder from actual rescues. Not saying reputable, but rescues none the less.
I am sure there are breeders sneaking in ads and I don't mind those getting flagged because that is against the rules.
I was referring to was more individual families that purchased a purebred dog and now have to find it a new family. It is reasonable for them to want to try to get back some of what they have had to pay. Not jut the actual price of the puppy, but many are current on all vet stuff and perfect dogs. Many people would prefer an older well housetrained dog to a puppy.
If the family has spent maybe $1500+ for everything on thier dog, I don't think 500 or so is too much to ask, if they can find some one that wants the dog.
Alicat, with respect to your opinion, when I brought my guys home I expected to take care of them.--Forever, which I hope most people do when they bring an animal home. If god forbid something were to happen and I could not, my interest would be in finding them the absolutel best home, I wouldnt CARE how much money I'd put into them. They're not a car or a house, they're part of my family, and priceless (to me.) I don't think it's at all reasonable to try to "get your money back"
I don't think most people try or do come close to getting their money back in these situations. A good home is a given, regardless if they pay an adoption fee or none at all.
Even craiglist recommends not to give a dog away for free because of people selling to labs, collecting or what ever. It has been my personal experience that if a dog is given away for free that 'some people' put no value on the dog and will not provide supervision or medical care.
People who are great pet owners, and got your pets for free, don't jump on me. I know you are out there. I am saying some people still have the attitude 'it was free if something happens to it I will get another'. Adoption fees weed those folks out.
Alicat, I agree somewhat. I don't have a problem at all with adoption fees, it's when those fees can easily buy you the same breed of puppy from a breeder that it gets a bit ridiculous.
Does anyone else have an opinion on what a reasonable PRIVATE "adoption fee" would be? What would YOU pay? I'm not talking about at a shelter because clearly those funds go to a good cause, I'm talking about someone that wants/needs to rehome their own pet for whatever reason.
No legitimate rescue group would ask $800 as an adoption fee. I tell people that unless they're a 501(c)(3) [not for profit] corporation, you can not be 100% guaranteed they are a legitimate rescue. There are far too many BYBs out there who like to "say" they do rescue when they are merely selling off their stock. I also know there are many fine rescue groups that are "for profit" organizations, but I, personally, would never adopt a dog from one.
My rescue groups adoption rates are based on age. They are $250 (up to 2 yrs old); $225 (2-7 yrs); and $195 (7 and older). We also have special needs dogs that many times we will adopt for $1 because we know their adopters will be incurring future vet care costs and our only goal is merely to get the dog into a loving forever home....not make a profit.
Most times we have much more money wrapped up in bringing on our rescues back to health than we'll ever get back on the adoption fee.
Our shelter in Fl used to charge $35 for a cat, and $45 for a dog. I've never checked into rescue organization fees though. I'd never pay more than $200, for a dog over 3yrs old.
I've actually been pondering adoption fees, since we have to find homes for the pups. I figure I'm not paying for any vet care, I shouldn't be able to profit. Yeah I'm feeding, and careing for them (well momma and two boys), but that comes with the territory. I guess the best thing is to advertise with an adoption fee, and ask the new parents to make at least a $50 donation to the vet offices in the name of their puppy.
I would be leary of doing that, I think I would charge an adoption fee of say 150.00 put it in an account and tell people that they will get say 75.00 back after they have the pup altered. The rest donaate to your local SPCA, or rescue in the name of the puppy adopters. Just my idea.
My wife and I adopt from the Michigan Humane Society. We have been in the waiting room to see the vet and the adoption center shares the same room. To our surprise we have actually witnessed people being turned down for adoptions of some animals when the adopter appeared to be clueless about the breed they wanted to take home or the particular animal was just too much for the environment they would be going home to. MHS charges $115 ish for adult cats and dogs (including spaying or nuetering). They also offer micro chipping for $30 ish. Puppies and kittens are higher (maybe rightfully so to get people to consider the committment to raising a younger animal?)
I love animals and have several cats. All were strays or shelter animals. I recently posted an ad for a free kitten (and offered to pay for the neutering as incentive) that my nephew found at his school on craig's list and was very excited when 9 people called the first morning it was posted. I called 3 people back before I found one that seemed like a good candidate. She came and saw him and spent a couple of hours playing with him and seemed to fall in love and took him home. I am now really upset. I was told tonight that there's a problem with people posting free animals on Craig's list because the people that call about the animals are taking them to labs that pay by the pound for the animals. (As a source of income.) I was also told that PETA is petitioning Craig's list to stop allowing free animals to weed these people out. There were at least 2 people that called me that didn't seem to love animals and were overly eager to take the kitten right then... I'm hoping and praying that the girl that took him will truly give him a good home. I'm going to call her tomorrow (too late tonight) and insist on visiting the kitten. Has anyone heard of this??? I feel sick to my stomach just thinking about it.
Craigslist is a scary place to place animals. I think a reasonable adoption fee is $100 plus the cost of the spay or neuter. If the dog is too young to be altered, I like using the rebate offer. This encourages people to get it done. If you sign a contract to spay or neuter with a pup from me, you better do it because I will show up at your door day or night unannounced.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion